Friday, 31 October 2014

Quirky Quilts


This particular quirky quilt is a little vintage number I found in a charity shop a few weeks ago.  It's single sized, unfinished and clearly begun it's life in the 1970's.  


I think this quilt is quirky because it seems to have been made with a hotchpotch of fabrics that look like they've been salvaged from other things; maybe an old frock or two or perhaps some bedding or a table cloth.  It's not going to win any beauty contests, but I like the way that some crafty soul has managed to create something thrifty and modestly pretty through recycling.  


You can see all the hard work that's gone into this piece of patchwork from the reverse of it; I admire anyone who had the patience to hand sew this many little hexagons.  I believe this is what is known as English Paper Piecing in the quilty world.  Florence from Flossie Teacakes has a nice little post about EPP; she is a total goddess in the world of the sewing blogger so you should go check her out.  I'm not sure what to do with it though?  Should I/could I sell it on Ebay as is or should I/could I finish it off and keep it/sell it?  Let me know what you think. 



You might remember that I told you about my plans to make my first quilt?  I very quickly got the strips of fabric sewn up but then didn't have any wadding, so it got put aside and I confess that I forgot about it for a long while.  I've dug it out of the WIP pile and will finish it off in the next couple of weeks. (Oh yes I will!)



Although I should finish that strip quilt before I start a new one, I just couldn't stop myself from buying these super retro fabrics; they are called Rocket Age and are by Riley Blake.  I have plans to make a cot bed quilt for my newest grandson with them based on the instructions in the Nicki Trench book, A Passion for Quilting. 


Recently my current husband had some work shirts that had seen better days in the elbow department and it seemed such a waste to throw them out.  I cut the backs out of two or three of the shirts and ended up with a good amount of checked and striped blue fabric to cut up into squares for the quilt.  I should point out that he does not and has never to my knowledge owned a Star Trek themed work shirt!  I like the idea of little Freddy (new grandson) having a quilt that incorporates some of his Pop's shirts; does that seem quirky to you?  In Nicki's book, she shows a quilt that she made for her adult daughter that mixed fabric from favourite childhood dresses and bedroom curtains with newer quilting cottons.  I love this idea and it completely inspired me for the cot bed quilt.

I hope to have Freddy's quilt ready for Christmas; I can't tell you how much fun it is choosing fabric to make things for him!  

It's a quirky TTFN from Saucy Towers; have a fabby super duper weekend. Galx

13 comments:

  1. Grace says - I love this quilt and love the idea of a quilt being made for me. We have a weekly linky on kidGLloves called Mini Creations. It opens every Wednesday and runs through until the following Tuesday. We'd love for you to link up - we think this is AWESOME xxx #pocolo

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  2. You have to keep this quilt. I have a dream of having a country cottage style bedroom. Wooden floor boards, rocking chair and a homemade quilt - this is stunning. What a lovely post #pocolo

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    1. Hello Wicked Lucas - sounds like a lovely bedroom plan :) Thanks for popping over to see me :)

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  3. never find quilts anymore , maybe theyve become an endangered thrifting ?

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    1. Funnily enough, I have found a couple this year and seen two or three more which weren't desirable enough to buy as bit tatty.

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  4. Hmmmm.... I wonder if Tony would notice the odd square or two of fabric missing from his shirts.... I could unpick the pockets and see if he misses them. On a serious note though, I love the idea of making a quilt from old clothing. I haven't done that yet but it could be a new use for some of my old blouses now that the bazookers have grown and button popping looks like being a problem if I try to fasten them

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    1. Ah, glad you like the idea - I have an issue with button popping also! Thanks for visiting :)

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  5. Very quirky, SIL xx

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  6. Fun to see that older hexagon top and enjoy your quilting endeavors! :)

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  7. Hi - I came across your blog, and had to comment on that lovely hexagonal quilt. That's a great charity shop find, and it shows that there's still good stuff out there. I'm constantly amazed by my local charity shop. Among the Primark and Tesco F&F clothing it's still possible to find reasonably priced things from Monsoon or Hobbs, and lovely retro kitchenware, good as new DVDs and even tapestry wool. Such bargains and a good cause too. Best wishes Valerie

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Hi, thanks for taking the time to comment. GAL x

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